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My name is Jeannie Mark

I’m a mid-lifer who quit a growing corporate career to reawaken my passions — and forge a life set by my own rules.

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Life Lessons

4 Years of Travel

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A Last Look at China

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My Writer's Retreat

Join Me This November in Costa Rica!

Flying to Europe Might Get a Whole Lot Cheaper… in 2017


The airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA just announced its plan to sell $69 one-way tickets to Europe from select U.S. airports. The initiative is slated to roll out by as soon as 2017 (although for would-be international travelers, “soon” might be a relative term).

What the REAL ID Act Means For Your Travels In 2016


If you’re planning to fly after 2015, heads up: A driver’s license might not be sufficient identification for boarding an aircraft, even if you’re flying domestically.

That’s because new restrictions on IDs used to board commercial aircraft are slated to take effect sometime in 2016. It’s the next and final phase of the REAL ID Act, which was enacted in 2005 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish federal security standards for government-issued IDs. Here’s what you need to know to be able to breeze through security even after the new regulations take effect.

Why You Should Go to the South Pacific

New Zealand

The South Pacific spans across 20,000 islands, covering parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe, but only a few islands are stand outs.

This region of the world has entranced many wanderers like Fletcher Christian, Robert Louis Stevenson, and artist Paul Gauguin. But with so many mind-boggling choices, what is truly alluring about the South Pacific?

Well, actually, many things!

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Where Have I Been? Oh, a Little Place Called Costa Rica


I know, you’re probably wondering if I’m dead or alive.

Sorry playahs, this gal has been joyfully dabbling in Costa Rica. It’s my third time returning to the land of “Pura Vida” and just when I assume I’ll get sick of it, this unique country always draws me in.

The true reason I stepped back into Costa Rica was for another writer’s retreat in Puerto Viejo!

Even though Leigh and I courted a smaller group this time, each woman brought so much to the table. A life well lived, full of wisdom, and the willingness to let us guide them for a brief seven days.

Budget Hacks: Traveling in Spain for Cheap

Many first time travelers avoid Spain because they think it’s too expensive, but there are ways to travel on the cheap and avoid depleting your pocketbook.

Heed these five tips and get ready to enjoy a vibrant country!

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Why You Should Visit Canada This Winter for Snowy Fun

Even though I’ve lived overseas on and off for five years now, I’m still Canadian. That will never change and my first loyalty is to my country!

Which is why I think everyone on this planet should visit Canada. Here’s a lowdown of five popular destinations that all first time travelers to Canada should include as they plan a trip.

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